Saturday, October 20, 2018

Opinion

Click here to submit a letter to the Editor

In this Oct. 16, 1968, file photo, U.S. athletes Tommie Smith, center, and John Carlos stare downward as they extend gloved hands skyward in during the playing of the
Column: Column: Why two black athletes raised their fists during the anthem
Editorial cartoons for Oct. 18
Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi [AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File]
Editorial: Trump should demand Saudis account for journalist

Top Editorials

All the Times candidate recommendations in one place

All the Times candidate recommendations in one place

Here is a complete list of the Times recommendations for the Aug. 28 primary. U.S. House of Representatives District 12, Democrats: Chris Hunter District 13, Republicans: George Buck District 15, Democrats: Kristen Carlson District 15, Republica...
Published: 08/24/18
Updated: 10/07/18
Times recommends: Vote yes on Amendment 4, no on all of the rest

Times recommends: Vote yes on Amendment 4, no on all of the rest

The list of proposed constitutional amendments is long and confusing. Some have multiple parts. So here’s some easy advice: After voting yes on Amendment 4, vote no on all the others.All but two of the 12 amendments to the Florida Constitution...
Updated one month ago
Editorial: Banks should not shut down campaign accounts for marijuana ties

Editorial: Banks should not shut down campaign accounts for marijuana ties

Two banks have taken the retaliatory step of closing down the campaign account of a statewide candidate because she received contributions from the medical marijuana industry. Nikki Fried, the Democratic nominee for agriculture commissioner, has been...
Updated one month ago
Editorial: Focus on Hurricane Florence, not defending poor response in Puerto Rico

Editorial: Focus on Hurricane Florence, not defending poor response in Puerto Rico

Hurricane Florence began lashing down on the Carolinas Thursday and was expected to make landfall early Friday, washing over dunes, downing trees and power lines and putting some 10 million people in the path of a potentially catastrophic storm. Flor...
Updated one month ago
Ruth: Florida Supreme Court insisted on clarity in removing Amendment 8

Ruth: Florida Supreme Court insisted on clarity in removing Amendment 8

To paraphrase the immortal words of Ronald Reagan, there they go again — activist judges getting all huffy and interfering in a perfectly lovely conspiracy to scam the public.We recently observed the hard work of the Constitution Revision Commission,...
Updated one month ago

Editorials

Candidate responses

Candidate responses

Candidates not recommended by the Tampa Bay Times are given an opportunity to respond.Florida HouseSally LauferDistrict 65I was surprised that after recommending Democrats from the top down, in my district the Times decided to recommend my opponent.T...
Published: 10/19/18
Daniel Ruth: For Hillsborough voters, transportation tax is leap of faith they can ponder while stuck in trafffic

Daniel Ruth: For Hillsborough voters, transportation tax is leap of faith they can ponder while stuck in trafffic

Perhaps one way to approach the ongoing community-wide debate over imposing a one-cent sales tax to pay for a variety of transportation needs is to think of all this dickering as a sort of family Thanksgiving dinner that has suddenly turned into a Th...
Published: 10/17/18
John Romano: Liberals are dreaming when it comes to holding on to Florida’s Supreme Court

John Romano: Liberals are dreaming when it comes to holding on to Florida’s Supreme Court

This was a smackdown, no doubt about it.The state Supreme Court just rendered the judicial equivalent of a loud guffaw regarding Gov. Rick Scott’s claim he is entitled to replace three retiring Supreme Court justices before he leaves office.And yet, ...
Published: 10/17/18
Five Tampa Bay area men charged in billion-dollar health care scheme

Five Tampa Bay area men charged in billion-dollar health care scheme

Five Tampa Bay area residents are wrapped up in what federal prosecutors are calling a billion-dollar telemedicine rip off.Starting in 2015, the defendants and their pharmacy companies set up an elaborate scheme that fraudulently solicited insurance ...
Published: 10/16/18
Editorial cartoons for Oct. 17

Editorial cartoons for Oct. 17

These cartoons are from various Times wire services.
Published: 10/16/18

Column: The Saudis may not have realized how unpopular they are outside the White House

The Saudi government spends tens of millions of dollars every year on lobbying in Washington and has, to a large extent, gotten a good return on its investment. President Donald Trump made the kingdom his first foreign visit as president last year, h...
Published: 10/16/18
Editorial: Bilirakis mimics Trump, colleagues in misleading voters

Editorial: Bilirakis mimics Trump, colleagues in misleading voters

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis wants voters to believe he is different than his Republican colleagues in Congress and President Donald Trump. The Palm Harbor Republican says he pays more attention to local issues than to the president, claims he doesnȁ...
Published: 10/15/18
Updated: 10/16/18
Times recommends: Larsen, O’Shea, Stewart for Pinellas schools

Times recommends: Larsen, O’Shea, Stewart for Pinellas schools

Voters will elect at least two new members to the Pinellas School Board, with incumbent Linda Lerner not seeking re-election and incumbent Terry Krassner failing to make the run-off. There are two countywide seats and one district seat on the Nov. 6 ...
Published: 10/09/18
Updated: 10/16/18
Hurricane Michael: Significant crop damage expected in Florida Panhandle

Hurricane Michael: Significant crop damage expected in Florida Panhandle

Hurricane Michael impacted about 1 million acres of field crops and 3.6 million acres of upland forest in Florida, according to the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.The most serious damage affects about 200,000 acres ...
Published: 10/16/18
Editorial cartoons for Oct. 16

Editorial cartoons for Oct. 16

These cartoons are from various Times wire services.
Published: 10/15/18
This Week's Circulars